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Doctors have predicted that up to 200,000 people will die from hepatitis C infection in Great Britain over the next 20 to 30 years unless diagnosis and treatment of this disease improves.

The Government and NHS are being criticized for spending £50m on the battle against the sexually transmitting diseases and only £2.5m for hepatitis C awareness campaign.

In France, 6 to 12 times more people are being treated of hepatitis C than in England.
It has been suggested that at least 500,000 people carry the virus and that nine in ten people are unaware of their infection and the numbers will rise steadily unless public awareness campaigns encourage people to get tested. Over 30 years, about 30% of people infected will not develop liver disease, but 40% might suffer relatively minor damage to their liver, and 30% will face serious damage to their organs, many of whom will need transplants, for which here will be long waiting lists.

It is thought that hepatitis C has been neglected because of its label as "a low-life disease". However, only a small number of infected are actually drug addicts. Many of them may have been only experimenting occasionally in their youth decades ago. Others may have been infected through transfusions or medical equipment, and other less common infection routes include poor hygiene at tattoo studios, shared toothbrushes and razors, mother to baby transmission, and, rarely, sex.

Something definitely needs to be done in order to encourage people to get tested and get proper treatments.


I agree that more people need to be tested. My hope is that a cure will be found within my life time.

Larry C.